Enjoying language

Take a journey...

Welcome to the beginning of a great journey through poetry. For the next two weeks, we will be reading great literature, learning about important themes and literary devices, and exploring our own understanding about the world around us.
"We don't merely read a good poem; we experience it."

As you read each poem, read it with pen in hand. Take notes. underline parts of the poem that you like or find puzzling. Circle words that you enjoy. Use the margins to write questions to be raised in class discussions

Enjoy it!

When we read poetry out loud, it is meant to be read with feeling and appropriate tone.

Key Ideas and Details

NC Poetry Out Loud 2009 - "A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What is being said?

For our first skill, we will be learning how to accurately quote from a text when we are trying to explain what the text says explicitly. We will also be using text quotations when drawing inferences from the text.

Our first poem is "A Poison Tree" by William Blake. We will be using a Tone Organizer to learn how to read a poem and answer questions about the feelings of the narrator.

Our second poem will be "Speak Up" by Janet S. Wong. We will notice the character in this one, reading the poem and making inferences about both speakers.